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Decades after 9/11, Muslims battle plague of Islamophobia in US- Muslims continue to be target of hate, bullying, discrimination, says Council on American-Islamic Relations

New Age Islam News Bureau

11 September 2022

Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City [Fabina Sbina/ Hugh Zareasky/Getty Images]

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• Decades after 9/11, Muslims battle plague of Islamophobia in US- Muslims continue to be target of hate, bullying, discrimination, says Council on American-Islamic Relations

• Madrasa survey not targeted at anyone: Muslim minister in Uttar Pradesh

• USCIRF report warns of deteriorating religious freedom in Nigeria, implores State Dept. to take action

• Islamic State affiliate kills 30 civilians in Mali raid

• Back to back explosions hit Hazara neighborhood in Kabul

• Conference highlights Islamic research development

• Muslim Executive takes legal action against justice minister for violating right to religious freedom

• Ministry reiterates compulsory teaching of Arabic, Islamic studies at private kindergartens

 

North America

• Muslim Came to US Hoping to Convert Americans to Islam, Now He Teaches Others About Jesus

• An Interview With a Muslim Zionist

• 21 Years After 9/11: Political Islam And Persistent Threats Of Terrorism In The Philippines

• Citygroup presents AzzaAboualam: Coral Walls and Green Awnings: Mosques in Sharjah and New York City

• Minnesota's Indian community raises concerns about anti-Muslim sentiment and politics in India

• Rumors Spread that Moscow Might Liquidate Muslim Prisoners if Ukrainian Forces Cross into Russian Territory

• NEW! QUR'AN CONVOS: TADDABUR | TRAILER

• Fear of Muslims Biggest Effect of 9/11 in American Society: US Scholar

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India

• Intelligence agencies warn of Islamic State's threat ahead of Gujarat polls

• Gulam Ali 1st Gurjar Muslim from J&K to be nominated to Rajya Sabha

• Prominent Muslim MP Rips Into Bihar State Chief Over Past Alliance With BJP

• Archaeologist BB Lal, who unearthed remains of temple under Babri Mosque, passes away at 101; PM Modi pays tribute

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Africa

• Nigerian Military Calls For Additional Housing Camps As ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Rise To 79,000

• Nigeria’s Governor El-Rufai Admits Failure to Suppress Terrorism

• Islamic State-linked Insurgents Behead 6, Shoot Italian Nun

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Mideast

• Arbaeen, symbol of unity in Islamic society: Iran minister

• 'I want to see the rainbow flag raised in Iran'

• India, Iran close to finalising long-term agreement on Chabahar port

• Yemen minister calls for curbing of Iran’s ‘subversive’ activities

• US trio jailed by Iran and accused of espionage sue former captors

• Europeans Doubt Iran's Intentions in Nuclear Talks Sparking Tehran's Ire

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South Asia

• A new Assassin's Creed game is set in Baghdad: Watch here

• Taliban’s chopper crashes in Kabul, kills and injures 5

• Ahmad Shah Massoud’s Motive Towards Freedom

• Taliban Allegedly Mutilates Traffic Enforcer’s Ear in Central Afghanistan

• Afghanistan Sits Atop the List of World’s Unhappiest Countries

• Dhaka underworld: Top criminals hold the reins from abroad

• Govt served legal notice to stop exporting Hilsa to India

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Southeast Asia

• Embracing Islam

• PM Ismail Sabri yet to discuss GE15 date with Umno’s top five

• Khairy: Pak Lah suffers from dementia

• Muhyiddin urges Putrajaya to introduce special moratorium for SMEs struggling to recover post-Covid

• Sofia Jane on standing up to bullies, and how young female actors can make the most of their career

• PerantiSiswa: 60pc of applications under phase one programme approved, says minister

• Law minister: Cabinet, in principle, agrees to enacting law on political contributions

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Europe

• 5,000 Muslim men to pledge allegiance and loyalty to nation over weekend

• City's Sikh and Muslim leaders praise Queen's 'great services to humanity'

• CNN hires fmr NYPD chief who denied Muslim surveillance programme

• Sweden votes in election marked by crime, energy crisis

• Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is being shut down, operator says

• 'The eyes of the world are all on here' Edinburgh prepares for Queen's arrival

• King Charles III Has Now Officially Been Proclaimed King

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Arab world

• Saudi, Indonesian ministers discuss strengthening ties

• Islamic Development Bank approves $1.12bn to fund projects in nine countries

• Head of Turkish intelligence agency meets Sunni Sovereignty Coalition in Baghdad

• Ministry of Islamic Affairs Concludes Participation at Amman International Book Fair

• Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Congratulates King Charles III on his Accession to the UK Throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireleand

• Bahrain All Share Index, Islamic Index make gains

• Illegal pranksters face severe penalties in Saudi Arabia

• Digital carnival to inspire young Saudis with latest tech tips

• Seven local firewood smugglers arrested in Riyadh

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Pakistan

• National policy to prevent post-flood epidemics sought

• Army chief’s blueprint for ‘climate-proof’ future

• PTI workers protest ‘minus-one formula’

• Money laundering case: Court orders NBP to attach 13 more accounts of Suleman’s firms

• ECP likely to announce new dates for by-polls soon

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/muslims-islamophobia-american-islamic-relations/d/127924

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Decades after 9/11, Muslims battle plague of Islamophobia in US- Muslims continue to be target of hate, bullying, discrimination, says Council on American-Islamic Relations

September 11, 2022

Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City [Fabina Sbina/ Hugh Zareasky/Getty Images]

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Commemorations for the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks remain an important part of US history, but for Muslim-Americans, post-9/11 ramifications of Islamophobia have bled deep into the fabric of American society more than two decades later.

"Muslims continue to be the target of hate, bullying, and discrimination as a result of the stereotypes that were perpetuated by Islamophobes and the media in the years following the 9/11 attacks," said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA).

He said organizations like CAIR have helped make "tremendous strides" in countering narratives perpetuated by organizations and individuals who benefit from Islamophobia, but there is still "misformation that fuels hate being spread online."

"This misinformation can then be perpetuated within school curriculum that isn't properly vetted, within the workplace, and within government policies," Ayloush told Anadolu Agency via email.

"As a result, 21 years after the attacks, Muslims continue to face the threat of targeted violence and are working to amplify narratives about Muslims that are authentic and accurate to counter the spread of misinformation."

According to FBI statistics, hate crimes immediately against Muslims skyrocketed after 9/11, rising 1.617% from 2000 to 2001, marking some of the highest hate numbers of Islamophobic hate crimes ever seen in America.

After the attacks, Ayloush explained, there was "a perfect storm of the American people and its government needing a common 'enemy,' the multimillion-dollar Islamophobia industry, the military-industrial complex, and the growing threat of white nationalism."

"These factors combined created a volatile environment for Muslims and anyone else perceived as 'other.' The unfortunate reality is that there are people and organizations that benefit from perpetuating Islamophobia, bigotry, and war," he said.

"Sixty-two percent of Muslims report feeling religion-based hostility from others and 65% have felt disrespected. That's almost three times the percentage among Christians," said Zahra Jamal, associate director of Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance in Houston, referring to an August 2022 study by the school.

"Jewish (60.7%) and Muslim (61.7%) are over twice times as likely as Christians and US adults overall to say they have been subject to verbal insults due to their religion," Jamal told Anadolu Agency.

"Both groups are also more likely to report that they have been threatened with physical violence, chased, or followed, or had their home vandalized due to their religion. They also have higher rates of experiencing physical assault or property damage due to their religion."

According to Jamal, just over 80% of Muslims reported that "others assumed things about them due to their religion," while 21% of Muslim adults reported police harassment – about five times the percentage found among the next highest group.

She said the numbers related to discrimination against Muslims are alarming and show just how much Islamophobia has increased in the US over the past several years.

"Internalized Islamophobia is more prevalent among younger Muslims, who have faced anti-Muslim tropes in popular culture, news, social media, political rhetoric, and in policy. This negatively impacts their self-image and mental health."

However, CAIR-LA said the statistics are not surprising, considering the current volatile political climate in the US that was perpetuated by former President Donald Trump during his term in office.

"Trump's presidency normalized being an anti-Muslim bigot. He made it socially acceptable to be overtly anti-Muslim," said Ayloush.

"Besides constantly retweeting anti-Muslim rhetoric from Islamophobic entities from his now-permanently suspended Twitter account and stating during his campaign that he thinks 'Islam hates us,' he also made multiple xenophobic commentary and policies about Muslim immigrants and refugees. And his administration pushed forward anti-Muslim policies … with very little regard to their discriminatory intent. "

An action that "spoke louder than his Islamophobic words was the Muslim Ban, which banned travelers from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the US," Ayloush said.

"Although the current administration overturned the ban, we are still dealing with the ramifications of it to this day with many families still being separated," he added.

There is a laundry list of falsehoods that plague the Muslim community due to 20-plus years of Islamophobia post-9/11, but CAIR-LA emphasized one stereotype that impacts the Muslim community the hardest.

"The most blatant falsehood to arise from the response to the 9/11 attacks is the idea that Muslims are somehow more prone to violence than other groups or religions," said Ayloush.

"This dangerous and inaccurate ideology portrays Islam's more than 2 billion followers in a way that ultimately dehumanizes them. Even worse, it has led to government policies and law enforcement practices that surveil the Muslim community."

Other prevalent stereotypes against Muslims, according to Jamal, include: "Muslims discriminate against women, are hostile to the US, are hostile to Jews and Christians, are less civilized than other people, are partially responsible for acts of violence carried out by other Muslims , are trying to supplant the US Constitution with Sharia (Islamic canonical law based on the teachings of the Quran), and are against religious freedom."

"Islamophobia does not exist in a vacuum. Muslims are unfortunately not the first, and they sadly will not be the last, group that faces hate and discrimination in the United States," said Ayloush.

"Our country has a long history of dehumanizing and marginalizing various ethnic and religious groups, whether it is directed at the Black, Native American, Jewish, Asian American Pacific Islander or other communities."

CAIR-LA emphasized that the only way to combat Islamophobia, stereotyping and discrimination in the wake of 9/11 is to address it head-on.

"It is important to hold people who perpetuate racism, bigotry, and xenophobia accountable for their hateful words and actions in all sectors, whether it's at the border, at the airport, by law enforcement, or by a politician," said Ayloush.

"It is also crucial that we continue to combat institutional racism and build Muslim political power to influence policy and legislation, as well as work to address Islamophobia at the state or congressional level, whether it's in the form of bullying, discrimination, injustice at the hands of the government, or FBI surveillance."

Spreading awareness and promoting education are keys to helping Americans better understand the diversity of the Muslim community in the post-9/11 world.

"By learning and acknowledging our country's history and its lack of acceptance and tolerance, we can all work to change the narrative," said Ayloush.

He said people should not "wait for a targeted community to ask for help or wait until we become the target to speak up," urging them to "become one voice, recognizing, learning from history, and addressing the impact of the damage that discrimination and hate created and work on preventing it."

"It is important to remember that acts of bigotry do not only reflect on those who commit it, but our reaction to it becomes a reflection of us as a nation. Are we compassionate and justice-driven? Or are we selfish and apathetic?" he said.

"In the last 20-plus years since that horrific day, we are seeing more and more Americans choosing to stand up for what is right.

Source: Middleeast Monitor

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Madrasa survey not targeted at anyone: Muslim minister in Uttar Pradesh

Sep 10, 2022

By Manish Chandra Pandey

The BJP has rolled out a campaign to connect with madrasa owners in Uttar Pradesh. Madrasa owners in Bijnor were contacted by Javed Malik (in pink jacket), the party’s west U.P. region head. (SOURCED)

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The lone Muslim face in the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, Danish Azad Ansari, on Saturday said the madrasa survey by the Yogi government 2.0 would be a two-pronged exercise and it would not be targeted at anyone.

His comment comes a day after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday became the latest opposition leader to hit out at the madrasa survey exercise that she claimed was aimed at terrorising Muslims.

The 46-day madrasa survey began on Saturday but the minister clarified that while officers would be visiting private, unaided and unrecognised madrasas for the exercise, the survey would also include those madrasa owners who would approach the government voluntarily with details of students and other things so that they are able to avail of the benefits of government schemes.

“Survey forms are also available with the district minority welfare officers. It is being made to appear as if our officers would be raiding the madrasas. It’s not like that. Yes, our teams would be visiting madrasas for collecting data, but madrasas owners, too, can approach us with details so that we could ensure benefits of various government schemes reach them. Once they show interest, we will also impart skill development training,” Ansari said to HT.

The survey proforma of the 46-day exercise that started on Saturday and would conclude on October 25 contains questions like how old is the madrasa, how many students are enrolled with it, what is the teaching methodology. District magistrates would share the survey report with the state government.

Madrasa owner would also be required to indicate their priorities for government initiatives for minorities. To aid the government initiative, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, rolled out a madrasa outreach initiative aimed at allaying apprehensions of Muslims on the issue.

“We are attributing intentions to the whole exercise when the fact is that there are a whole lot of schemes for minorities, like “Seekho Aur Kamao”, “Nayi Roshni” and “Nai Udaan”. We would like to link the students with various skill development schemes so that along with madrasa curriculum, these students could also be connected to skill development courses,” the minister said.

“Seekho Aur Kamao” is a skill development scheme for youths between 14 years and 35 years. It is aimed at creating employment opportunities, improving employability of existing workers and school dropouts. “Nai Roshni” is a scheme to empower minority women. “Nai Udaan” is meant to help such minority students prepare for the mains examination who clear the prelims conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission or the State Public Service Commission. Financial assistance is also provided under it. The objective of this scheme is to increase representation of minority in civil services.

“In our minority outreach, that was held in Bijnor, we informed madrasa owners and teachers in Bijnor on Saturday and explained the objective of the whole exercise. Many of them were appreciative of the effort,” said Javed Malik, BJP’s west U..P head.

Source: Hindustan Times

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USCIRF report warns of deteriorating religious freedom in Nigeria, implores State Dept. to take action

By Anugrah Kumar

11-09-2022

Motor bike taxis drive past Kofar Aliyu Jedo, a city gate in ancient Sokoto, northwest Nigeria on September 21, 2021. - On one of the routes taken by the camel caravans during the trans-Saharan trade era, the town of Sokoto is still, two centuries later, a major commercial crossroads for millions of people living in the far northwest of the country. Nigeria. | PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has warned that religious freedom is deteriorating in Nigeria because of rising violence by non-State actors, and "poor governance" is driving and aggravating that violence, calling on the State Department to take action.

“In recent years, nonstate actor violence has increased in most parts of Nigeria, and this violence has yielded devastating humanitarian and human rights consequences, including but not limited to violence based on religion and other violations of Nigerians’ rights to freedom of religion or belief,” USCIRF says in a report on violence in Africa’s most populous country.

“Violence that infringes on freedom of religion or belief in Nigeria includes militant Islamist violence, identity-based violence at the intersection of religion, ethnicity, and geographic heritage, mob violence against individuals accused of blasphemy, and violence impacting worship,” explains the commission, a congressionally mandated body of independent experts tasked with advising the federal government on religious freedom issues.

According to a recent study from the Anambra-based International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), at least 60,000 Christians have been killed in the past two decades in Nigeria. The organization, which is run by Christian criminologist Emeka Umeagbalasi, reported that hundreds of churches had been threatened, attacked, closed, destroyed or burned in 2021 alone.

The commission points out that Nigeria is battling several concurrent security crises and the militant Islamist groups that originated in the northeast region have now expanded their territory west and south.

“In several regions, criminal armed groups target civilians and infrastructure to enrich themselves and expand territorial control. In areas of the northwest, northcenter, and south, resource conflicts and population movements have heightened group tensions and yielded deadly cycles of retaliatory identity-based violence. In the southeast, separatists associated with the Biafran liberation movement have taken up arms to fight for secession.”

Militant Islamist groups, including the Islamist State in West Africa Province, Boko Haram and Ansaru, have political and ideological objectives, including to overthrow secular governance in Nigeria and enforce a particular interpretation of Islam, the commission says, adding that their methods to achieve them often have devastating humanitarian and religious freedom consequences.

Intersociety said in its report that an estimated 10 million people had been uprooted in northern Nigeria, where extremist violence was most severe, from July 2009 to July 2021.

The atrocities included “massacres, killings, mutilations, torture, maiming, abductions, hostage-taking, rape, girl-child defilements, forced marriages, disappearances, extortions, forceful conversions and destruction or burning of homes and sacred worship and learning centers,” Intersociety reported.

ISWAP currently presents the largest threat while factions of Boko Haram and the al-Qaeda affiliate Ansaru also operate in some regions, and these groups target non-Muslim communities as well as Muslims who disagree with or oppose their interpretation of Islamic practice and tradition.

Many have raised concerns about what they perceive as the government’s inaction in holding terrorists accountable for the rising number of murders and kidnappings, which some groups warn have reached the level of genocide.

In its report, USCIRF recommends that the State Department designate Nigeria as a  Country of Particular Concern for “engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”

Countries subject to the State Department’s “CPC” designation face negative consequences, including the possibility of crippling sanctions.

“Numerous analyses and policy reports corroborate that poor governance is one of the main drivers of violent conflict throughout the country,” says the commission, which visited Nigeria in June and was told by various stakeholders about the government’s inability to provide services, security and justice equitably across its population.

However, in the 14 years that USCIRF has recommended Nigeria be designated as a CPC, the State Department has only accepted its recommendation a single time, in 2020 under the Trump administration, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern points out.

Nigeria was taken off the CPC list by the Biden administration the following year, which was “an unprecedented move” that drew widespread criticism from human rights groups and USCIRF, which called the delisting “unexplainable,” ICC adds.

Source: Christian Post

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Islamic State affiliate kills 30 civilians in Mali raid

By REUTERS

SEPTEMBER 10, 2022

FILE PHOTO: A United Nations peacekeeper secures the MINUSMA base after a mortar attack in Kidal Mali, June 8, 2017. Picture taken June 8 2017. MINUSMA/Sylvain Liechti handout via REUTERS

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Members of an Islamic State affiliate in Mali killed about 30 civilians in an attack this week on a town in a violence-plagued area bordering Burkina Faso and Niger, a coalition of pro-government militia said late on Friday.

Mali has faced instability since 2012, when Islamists hijacked an ethnic Tuareg rebellion in the north. Since then they have spread across West Africa's Sahal, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

The coalition, known as the Platform, said several hundred militants attacked its fighters and forced them to retreat on Tuesday near Talataye in the Gao region - long a hotspot for jihadist and militia violence.

As well as attacking local residents, the militants looted shops and burned food stocks, the Platform said in an online statement, adding that three of its fighters had also been killed.

"Reinforcements dispatched by the Platform reached the town where they discovered the massacre as well as hundreds of women and children who had been wandering the town without food for two days," it said.

In March, the UN peacekeeping force in Mali expressed concern about the deteriorating security situation in the same area of central Mali, decrying the deaths of hundreds of civilians in a surge of attacks by the Islamic State affiliate.

Source: Jpost

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Back to back explosions hit Hazara neighborhood in Kabul

By Khaama Press

10 Sep 2022

According to reports, two explosions hit Dasht-e-Barchi, a Hazara neighborhood in the west of Kabul on Saturday evening.

The first explosion reportedly occurred at 06:45 in front of a crowded commercial market and later another bomb exploded in Pul-e-Khushk bus stop.

Taliban’s Ministry of Interior announced that the explosion was as a result of sticky bombs placed on bicycles and as a result 3 civilians have been injured.

This comes as the Shiet suburb area in the West of Kabul has been repeatedly target of attacks in the past years. Hundreds of Hazara civilians were killed in the multiple attacks which were claimed to be undertaken by ISIS.

Source: khaama Press

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Conference highlights Islamic research development

September 11, 2022

Rector of UNISSA Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal at the ceremony. PHOTO: UNISSA

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Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) recently participated in the Borneo Islamic International Conference (KAIB XIII) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

KAIB is a knowledge discourse platform aiming to expand and develop Islamic research in the Borneo Island, led by UniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak in collaboration with UiTM Sabah; UNISSA, Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB); Mulawarman University, Samarinda; LambungMangkurat University, Banjarmasin and Pontianak Islamic Religious Institute, Indonesia.

Present to inaugurate the conference was Deputy Minister of Utilities and Telecommunications, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Junaidi, as the representative of Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg. Leading the UNISSA delegation was Rector of UNISSA Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal.

The conference, held from September 7-8, was themed ‘Role and Contribution of Islamic Institutions’ and covered 68 papers including five main papers.

Among the main presenters at the conference were Director of HalalanThayyiban Research Centre at UNISSA Pengiran Dr HajahNorkhairiah binti Pengiran Haji Hashim and Chairman of Korea Halal Association (KOHAS), Korea Saifullah JO, Young-Chan.

Fourteen UNISSA presenters also took the opportunity to expand the field of cooperation with several institutions in Kuching through work visits to the Islamic Religious Department in Sarawak, Borneo Cultural Museum, Halal Laboratory, Farm, Borneo Islamic Development and Research Centre and UiTM Samarahan Sarawak campus.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Muslim Executive takes legal action against justice minister for violating right to religious freedom

10/09/2022

Belgium's Muslim Executive has filed a complaint against justice ministers Vincent Van Quickenborne, saying he has persistently violated their right to practice their religion.

Earlier this week, Van Quickenborne reacted to a ruling condemning the Belgian state for pushing the Executive's former president out of office, saying he was appealing the decision.

"Even after the justice minister was convicted by the Brussels Court of First Instance for a serious violation of freedom of religion and freedom of association, the minister persists in openly insulting and humiliating the representative body of Islam in Belgium,” the group said.

“Immediately after the conviction, Van Quickenborne announced that he wanted to ‘go after more shenanigans and blunders’, thus once again transgressing not only decency but also fundamental constitutional rules.”

In that conviction, the Brussels courts established that the Belgian state, through Van Quickenborne, illegally interfered in the activities of a religious authority by forcing the former president of the Executive, Salah Echallaoui, to resign.

In December 2020, Vincent Van Quickenborne had publicly called for a renewal of all the organs of the Muslim Executive, referencing a state security report that pointed to Moroccan interference in the Great Mosque of Brussels.

Source: The Bulletin

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Ministry reiterates compulsory teaching of Arabic, Islamic studies at private kindergartens

SanaullahAtaullah

11 Sep 2022

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has started implementing its decision of teaching Arabic language and Islamic studies as compulsory subjects in private kindergartens (KGs) from the academic year 2022-23. 

“This is the first academic year from when it is being mandatory for private kindergartens to teach Arabic language and Islamic studies,” said Assistant Undersecretary for Private Education Affairs at the Ministry, Omar Abdul Aziz Al Naama.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event recently, Al Naama said the compulsory subjects include Arabic language, Islamic studies, and Qatar history. 

“In the previous years, Arabic language and Islamic studies were being taught to students from grade 1 to 12 and Qatar history from class 9. The move aims at instilling national identity and religious values in students at an early age,” said Al Naama. He said officials from the department concerned at the Ministry will visit private kindergartens to ensure implementation of the decision and evaluate the outcome in a bid to provide necessary solutions, if needed, for the success of the project.

“As many as 173 kindergartens are operating in the country. They were recently shifted under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,” said Al Naama, adding that the number of private schools and kindergartens has reached 338.

“There are 170 private education centres offering several educational and training programmes. As per the latest statistics, private schools and kindergartens have over 211,000 students enrolled,” said Al Naama. He said the Ministry has issued licenses for eight new private schools to meet the demand in coming years. 

“The private education sector at the Ministry is working to implement a number of initiatives to improve education quality in private schools.”

He said the initiatives announced by the Ministry this year include ‘My values define my identity’, ‘Strengthening national identity’ and the ‘Ethical charter’. He said there is a comprehensive evaluation process for all initiatives in private schools, measuring the impact of these initiatives on students, and taking into account the rights and duties of school operators, directors, and boards of trustees.

Source: The National News

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North America

Muslim Came to US Hoping to Convert Americans to Islam, Now He Teaches Others About Jesus

By ACU News

September 10, 202

Professor Al Fadi’s journey from Muslim to Christ-follower is an amazing testimony of God’s grace and His pursuing love!

Al Fadi grew up in Saudi Arabia, and at the time he felt privileged to be born in the center of Islam. As an adolescent, he was taught the only sure way to get into heaven was through giving the ultimate gift to Allah — sacrificing his life in the “holy war” against nonbelievers.

Source: Ijr.Com

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An Interview With a Muslim Zionist

by STEVE POSTAL

September 10, 2022

Originally from Pakistan, Noor Dahri is the founder and executive director of Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism, a UK-based think tank. He has authored and edited five books and will soon publish IDF: Israel Defence Forces – Ground Forces, Operations, Units & Command & Control. He is a counter-terrorism expert at International Team for the Study of Security (ITSS) Verona, a patron of UK-based Muslims Against Antisemitism (MASS), and a member of the British Association for Islamic Studies and the Henry Jackson Society. The author interviewed Dahri on his views as a Muslim Zionist and his thoughts on the Abraham Accords and on the Biden administration’s quest for a nuclear deal with Iran, among other things.

Postal: You call yourself a “Muslim Zionist.” Can you explain?

Dahri: Zionism is a national movement whose goal was to create a Jewish homeland for Jews in the Holy Land. Presently, Zionism is an ideology that supports Israel’s right to sovereignty, defense, and peaceful coexistence with its neighbors. People regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity can adopt the ideology of Zionism.

Source: Spectator.Org

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21 Years After 9/11: Political Islam And Persistent Threats Of Terrorism In The Philippines

By Rommel C. Banlaoi

September 11, 2022

In remembrance of the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) terrorist attacks, this paper describes the impact of political Islam on Philippine government and society by grappling with the concept and by describing the persistent threats of terrorism in a nation still suffering from the perennial Muslim rebellion despite existing peacebuilding efforts.  It is imperative to discuss first the meaning of political Islam as it is a highly contested concept.

Political Islam is considered to be a modern concept that “seeks to use religion to shape the political system”. (1)  It is a conceptual framework that uses Islamic religious precepts as justifications for radical and revolutionary political actions.  It is often associated with the Islamic fundamentalist and revivalist thoughts of Sayyid Qutb, Maulana Maududi, and Ayatollah Khomeini, among others though scholarly discussions on political Islam transcend those thinkers.  Nonetheless, political Islam is akin to Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic conservatism, Islamic revivalism, and Islamic radicalism in the existing academic literature. Some even situates political Islam under the ideological rubric of Wahabism, Salafism,  Jihadism and other isms discussing the role of Islam in politics.  There is also a strand of political Islam articulating the voice of moderation and championing role of gender and ecology in Islamic government and society.

Source: Eurasiare View

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Citygroup presents AzzaAboualam: Coral Walls and Green Awnings: Mosques in Sharjah and New York City

11-09-2022

NEW YORK, NY.- Citygroup is presenting Coral Walls and Green Awnings: Mosques in Sharjah and New York City by AzzaAboualam.

Prayer is Islam’s only pillar with a physical and spatial dimension, outside the prominent pilgrimage of Hajj and its connection to the architectural symbol of the Ka’aba. While praying at home has minimal requirements–a mat facing the qibla, prayer at the scale of the city is reflected in the architecture of the mosque. Today, mosques serve as emblems of Islam, often erroneously expected to boast a minaret and a dome. There are myriad forms of mosques with significance that goes beyond the religious rituals that occur within their walls. With an emphasis on social interaction, they act as a shared space for prayer rather than solely exalting architectural image.

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Minnesota's Indian community raises concerns about anti-Muslim sentiment and politics in India

By Hibah Ansari

SEPTEMBER 10, 2022

A group of diverse Indian community members met recently, united by their mission: to track the troubling politics of India and compel Americans to help stem a growing tide of hate against South Asian Muslims.

They formed the India Coalition to promote coexistence in the Twin Cities' Indian community and to curb bigotry spreading across the United States as a result, in part, of a form of Hindu nationalism — Hindutva — that is pitting Hindus against Muslims.

Source: Star Tribune

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Rumors Spread that Moscow Might Liquidate Muslim Prisoners if Ukrainian Forces Cross into Russian Territory

Paul Goble

September 10, 2022

Staunton, Aug. 28 – When Hitler invaded the USSR, Soviet jailors killed many prisoners they weren’t able to evacuate to deeper parts of the country. Now, according to rumors spread by older prisoners, Moscow might do the same thing to prison inmates in the event that Ukrainian forces passed into Russian territory.

Such a plan, older prisoners assert, is contained in a secret circular distributed among prison officials. And they note that such an action would hit Muslim convicts disproportionately hard given that since 2018, Moscow has confined Muslims convicted of extremist crimes in prisons lest they spread their ideas in the more open camps.

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NEW! QUR'AN CONVOS: TADDABUR | TRAILER

11-09-2022

We are back with a new show straight from Yaqeen's Qur'anic Studies Department! Tune in every Monday starting Sept 12th with host Sh. Suleiman Hani and guests.

Source: Patheos

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Fear of Muslims Biggest Effect of 9/11 in American Society: US Scholar

September 11, 2022

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, not only brought about major changes in US foreign policy and international relations but also led to the division of international relations history into two periods before and after 9/11.

As a result of policies adopted after the attack, the concept of “war on terror” officially entered the world’s political literature. This fight against terrorism and extremism also led to the targeting of some religious minorities, especially Muslims, by attacks and harassment in the US as well as in other states.

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India

Intelligence agencies warn of Islamic State's threat ahead of Gujarat polls

AMRESH SRIVASTAVA

Sep 10, 2022

NEW DELHI: The intelligence agencies have warned that the global terror outfit Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) will attempt to disturb the communal harmony in the state and disrupt the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections by executing incidents of rioting and attacks on the right-wing leaders.

According to the intelligence inputs, the ISKP has directed its cadres in India to use the Gujarat riots as the trigger point for the recruitment of radicalised youths and the issue of the release of the BilkisBano case convicts to disrupt the communal harmony in the state ahead of the Assembly election.

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Gulam Ali 1st Gurjar Muslim from J&K to be nominated to Rajya Sabha

September 11, 2022

President DroupadiMurmu, on the recommendation of the central government, nominated Gulam Ali, a Gurjar Muslim from Jammu and Kashmir, to Rajya Sabha. In a notification by the home affairs ministry, it was stated that the nomination came after the post was vacant due to the retirement of one of the nominated members.

On Saturday, the Union Home Ministry's notification stated, "In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (I) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Gulam Ali to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated members."

Source: India Today

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Prominent Muslim MP Rips Into Bihar State Chief Over Past Alliance With BJP

Pawan Atri

11-09-2022

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has often accused India's top opposition leaders of putting the cause of secularism on the back burner. Bihar State chief Nitish Kumar is the latest to face the criticism.

Prominent Muslim MP and chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Party, Asaduddin Owaisi, has blasted Bihar State Chief and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar over his past association with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Archaeologist BB Lal, who unearthed remains of temple under Babri Mosque, passes away at 101; PM Modi pays tribute

Sep 11, 2022

Archaeologist and Padma Vibhushan awardee B B Lal died on Saturday at the age of 101. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid rich tributes, saying he will be remembered as a great intellectual who "deepened our connect with our rich past".

“Shri B B Lal was an outstanding personality. His contributions to culture and archaeology are unparalleled. He will be remembered as a great intellectual who deepened our connect with our rich past. Pained by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Om Shanti,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

Source: Dna India

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Africa

Nigerian Military Calls For Additional Housing Camps As ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Rise To 79,000

September 10, 2022

No fewer than 79,000 insurgents comprising combatants and non-combatants have so far surrendered, the Theatre Commander, North East “Operation Hadin Kai”, Maj Gen Christopher Musa, has said.

He noted that the sustained onslaughts on the insurgents under the kinetic and non-kenetic approaches had led to the mass surrender.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Nigeria’s Governor El-Rufai Admits Failure to Suppress Terrorism

09/10/2022

Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – In a memo to Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari earlier this year, Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai was forced to admit that terrorists have only strengthened their grip on his state during his seven-year governorship. A terror group, known as Ansaru, has effectively taken control of the BirninGwari area of northwestern Kaduna State. Formerly part of Boko Haram, the group is now said to have ties to al-Qaeda.

In his memo, El-Rufai explained to Buhari how Ansaru has created a sort of a parallel government which his administration is powerless to combat. In one show of its power, Ansaru recently banned residents of BirninGwari from participating in political activities related to the 2023 presidential and gubernatorial elections. Last year, the terrorists blocked census-taking in nine out of the eleven wards under its control.

Source: Persecution

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Islamic State-linked Insurgents Behead 6, Shoot Italian Nun

SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s Nampula province Tuesday beheaded at least six people and also killed an Italian nun killed, authorities said on Wednesday.

President Filipe Nyusi said the insurgents unleashed a killing spree as they fled from soldiers from Mozambique, Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sent to tackle the violence.

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Mideast

Arbaeen, symbol of unity in Islamic society: Iran minister

Sep 11, 2022

The Sunni Muslims' serving the Arbaeen pilgrims is invaluable and invalidates all efforts to sow discord between Shia and Sunnis, Ahmad Vahidi told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to Tamarchin border crossing point with Iraq.

Arbaeen which falls on September 17  this year is a mourning ritual observed by Shia Muslims worldwide marking the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) – the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH].

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'I want to see the rainbow flag raised in Iran'

By Ali Hamedani

11-09-2022

For the first time, two women known to have been lesbian have been sentenced to death in Iran. It marks a new stage in the Islamic republic's persecution of LGBT people.

Five months later she was arrested by Iran's revolutionary guard. Now she has been tried and sentenced to death, at the age of 31, along with another woman, Elham Choubdar, 24.

Originally from the small city of Naqadeh, in north-western Iran, Sareh married young and had two children, a boy and a girl, before divorcing her husband and leaving Iran to live in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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India, Iran close to finalising long-term agreement on Chabahar port

By Rezaul H Laskar

Sep 10, 2022

India and Iran are close to striking a long-term agreement for operations at the strategic Chabahar port, with the matter held up only by differences on a clause related to arbitration, people familiar with the matter said.

The long-term agreement, valid for a period of 10 years and to be extended automatically, is meant to replace an initial pact which covered India’s operations at Shahid Beheshti terminal in Chabahar port and has been renewed on an annual basis.

The move comes at a time when China has been showing growing interest in investments in ports and other coastal infrastructure in Iran, and the Iranian side has been pressing New Delhi to step up development of Shahid Beheshti terminal, which is operated by state-run India Ports Global Limited (IPGL).

Source: Hindustan Times

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Yemen minister calls for curbing of Iran’s ‘subversive’ activities

SAEED AL-BATATI

September 10, 2022

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s information minister has called for stronger international action to rein in Iran’s destructive activities, warning that Iran is arming the Houthis to weaken the country and gain control over international trade and energy through the Red Sea.

Muammar Al-Eryani wrote for the Atlantic Council that Iran is establishing a Yemeni Hezbollah model by arming and financing the Houthi militia with the goal of seizing control of Yemen and using it as a launching pad for attacks against neighboring countries and international maritime activities via Bab Al-Mandab and the Red Sea.

“The international community seems indifferent to the risks of Iranian hostile behavior and intrusion through its support of Yemen’s Houthi rebels and efforts to clone another Lebanese Hezbollah in Yemen,” the Yemeni minister said.

Source: Arab News

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US trio jailed by Iran and accused of espionage sue former captors

Ramon Antonio Vargas

Sat 10 Sep 2022

Three Americans who were jailed by Iran for more than a year and accused of being spies while hiking along the border with Iraq are suing their former captors, hoping to persuade a judge to award them damages for the torture they say they endured.

The lawsuit being pursued by Sarah Shourd, her ex-husband and fellow journalist Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal is being overseen by federal judge Richard Leon in Washington, who in 2019 ordered Iran to pay Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian $180m for imprisoning him for more than a year on false espionage charges.

Any damages that Shourd, Bauer, Fattal and their families might receive through their lawsuit would come out of Iranian government assets that the US has seized through sanctions as part of the congressional Justice for Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.

Source: The Guardian

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Europeans Doubt Iran's Intentions in Nuclear Talks Sparking Tehran's Ire

By John Irish

Sept. 10, 2022

PARIS/VIENNA (Reuters) -France, Britain and Germany on Saturday said they had "serious doubts" about Iran's intentions to revive a nuclear deal, comments that were rejected by Tehran and called "very untimely" by Moscow.

Iran earlier this month sent its latest response to the European Union's proposed text to restore the 2015 agreement under which Tehran had restrained its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from U.S., EU and U.N. economic sanctions.

Diplomats have said Iran's response to the EU coordinator was a step backwards, with it seeking to link a revival of the deal with the closure of investigations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into uranium traces at three sites.

Source: US News

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South Asia

A new Assassin's Creed game is set in Baghdad: Watch here

Toggle Desk

Sep 11, 2022

Ubisoft has unveiled the Assassin's Creed Mirage, a new action-adventure game in the series, set in 9th-Century Baghdad, Iraq.

Assassin's Creed Mirage, which was unveiled as a component of Ubisoft Forward's Assassin's Creed Showcase, places you in the role of Basim Ibn Ishaq and takes place in Baghdad twenty years before the events of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

Source: The Daily Star

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Taliban’s chopper crashes in Kabul, kills and injures 5

By Khaama Press

10 Sep 2022

According to reports, a Taliban Blackhawk chopper crashed inside a military training base in the capital Kabul on Saturday afternoon.

A press release published by the Ministry of Defense confirms the death of 3 people including 2 pilots and injury of another 2 individuals.

This comes as as several Afghanistan National Security Defense Forces (ANSDF) choppers remained in the hands of Taliban while most of them were flown to the neighboring countries like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan last year as the country fell into the hands of the Taliban.

Source: khaama Press

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Ahmad Shah Massoud’s Motive Towards Freedom

By Ahmad Marzee

10 Sep 2022

Following the bloodless coup of Dawood khan (the first ever president of Afghanistan) on 17th July 1973 against king Zahir Shah, the Afghan people had experienced extensive religious obstruction. President Dawood khan wanted to rule the country with his own narrative of dictatorship, where he restricted the activities of social and religious parties.

Despite vast majority of Afghan populations, practicing Islamic norms and values, president Dawood did not take that into consideration and completely marginalised the Islamic perspective of Afghan people.

As a result of that atrocity of Dawood’s approach, a large number of Afghan youths protested for exercising of religious freedom. During the course of action, Dawood’s regime arrested and executed some of these youths who protested. For instance, Engineer Habib-ul-Rahman, one of the first victims of this strived where he was executed by Dawood’s regime.

Source: khaama Press

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Taliban Allegedly Mutilates Traffic Enforcer’s Ear in Central Afghanistan

By SaqalainEqbal

10 Sep 2022

The Taliban members reportedly mutilated a traffic enforcer’s ear in Aybak city, the provincial capital of Samangan province in central Afghanistan, after the traffic officer stopped their car to avoid traffic congestion.

A video that has also been made public and is making the rounds on social media shows the traffic officer wearing a blood-stained uniform. The Taliban reportedly cut off the traffic officer’s ear after he stopped the vehicle transporting their troops to ease a traffic bottleneck.

According to the reports, the Taliban forces shot a 43-year-old woman, who is said to be a mother of 4 children in Takhar province’s Dasht Qala district.

Source: khaama Press

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Afghanistan Sits Atop the List of World’s Unhappiest Countries

By SaqalainEqbal

10 Sep 2022

Afghanistan ranks first among the most “miserable” and unhappiest countries in terms of physical pain, mental stress, mental disorders triggered by poverty and unemployment, anxiety, and anger, according to Gallup’s Negative Experience Index.

According to the Gallup report, 80% of Afghans are worried and disturbed. 74% of the mental stresses induced by poverty are caused by unemployment, while the condition of 61% of Afghans is defined as “sad.”

When Gallup polled Afghans last year when the Taliban retook authority and the US withdrew its forces, Afghans’ emotional state reflected the instability and uncertainty.

Source: khaama Press

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Dhaka underworld: Top criminals hold the reins from abroad

Shariful Islam

Sep 11, 2022

Several Bangladeshi mob bosses holed up abroad have been pulling the strings behind criminal activities here with the authorities unable to bring them back for trial.

Over a dozen top criminals fled the country about two decades ago, and many of them managed to obtain citizenship in different countries.

Law enforcers say their links to tender grabbing at government offices and extorting businesspeople often crop up during investigations.

Source: The Daily Star

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Govt served legal notice to stop exporting Hilsa to India

Star Digital Report

Sep 11, 2022

A Supreme Court lawyer today (September 11, 2022) served a legal notice on the government, asking it to stop exporting Hilsa fish to India in seven days.

Md Mahmudul Hasan sent the legal notice to the authorities concerned of the government, saying that the commerce ministry has given permission to export Hilsa without considering its demand to the people of Bangladesh.

The lawyer, in the legal notice, said the price of Hilsa has been increased in the markets of Bangladesh due to export of this type of fish to India.

Source: The Daily Star

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Southeast Asia

Embracing Islam

September 11, 2022

Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Lance Corporal 6174 Rudymananak Thomas reciting the Syahadah in a ceremony organised by the RBPF Islamic Religious Body.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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PM Ismail Sabri yet to discuss GE15 date with Umno’s top five

11 Sep 2022

BERA, Sept 11 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that he has yet to discuss with Umno’s top five the date for the 15th General Election (GE15).

Umno’s top five refers to its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and the three vice-presidents, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Ismail Sabri himself.

He said only after discussing the matter with Umno’s top five would he discuss it with MCA and MIC, as well as other component parties in Barisan Nasional (BN).

Source: Malay Mail

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Khairy: Pak Lah suffers from dementia

By R. Loheswar

11 Sep 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi suffers from dementia, his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin revealed today.

Khairy, who is also the health minister, tweeted today that his in-laws decided to share Abdullah’s plight in order to shine a light on those with the same condition.

“Pak Lah suffers from dementia. It has been challenging for us to see the deterioration in his cognitive function. Some people are aware but many are not. The family has decided to openly share this partly to shine a light on dementia and cognitive impairment,” said Khairy in a tweet.

Source: Malay Mail

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Muhyiddin urges Putrajaya to introduce special moratorium for SMEs struggling to recover post-Covid

By R. Loheswar

11 Sep 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has proposed today that Putrajaya offer a special moratorium to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

He added this situation, coupled with the increase of the overnight policy rate (OPR) three times this year, meant that the industry would need more time to deal with any debt incurred.

“This sector represents 96 per cent of the economy and countless citizens rely on it as their source of income. Almost 50 per cent of Malaysia’s workforce are part of the SME sector.

Source: Malay Mail

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Sofia Jane on standing up to bullies, and how young female actors can make the most of their career

By ZarrahMorden

11 Sep 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — A lesson Datin Sofia Jane learnt as a young actor was to stand her ground, something she said she gained from watching the older generation “not take any nonsense from anybody”.

As she got older, the award-winning actor realised that her predecessors were right in being assertive and she found that even being just a little aggressive would lead to people backing down.

“There are a lot of bullies in this world and they come in many forms. Once you know they’re just bullies and nothing else, you realise that ‘I can say what I want and I don’t need people telling me what to do or how to dress or whatever’,” she related to Malay Mail in a recent interview.

Source: Malay Mail

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PerantiSiswa: 60pc of applications under phase one programme approved, says minister

11 Sep 2022

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 11 — Sixty per cent of the nearly 100,000 applications received for the first phase of the PerantiSiswaKeluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family Student Device) programme was approved through initial screening and the devices will be distributed this month, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said the ministry was trying to complete the rollout of the devices under phase one by this month, before starting on the rollout for phase two next month and completing it this November.

“Almost 400,000 units will be distributed this year, if we need more than that, the government will have to decide on an additional allocation and procurement, but let us settle with what we have now.

Source: Malay Mail

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Law minister: Cabinet, in principle, agrees to enacting law on political contributions

11 Sep 2022

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 11 — The Cabinet has agreed in principle, to formulating a bill on political contributions, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Wan JunaidiTuanku Jaafar.

He said he would put forward the views of the Cabinet on the proposed legal framework for the bill be presented to the Political Transformation and Political Understanding Memorandum Technical Committee for fine-tuning before being brought to the parliamentary sitting.

“Therefore, we will try to table the bill at the Third Meeting of the Fifth Term of the 14th Parliament in the Dewan Rakyat,” he said in a statement, here, today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

5,000 Muslim men to pledge allegiance and loyalty to nation over weekend

By Danielle Desouza

11-09-2022

Around 5,000 young British Muslim men are to pledge their allegiance and loyalty to the nation, with a special exhibition paying tribute to the Queen and a book of condolence, over the weekend.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community from across the UK are meeting in Hampshire as part of their National Ijtema, which is a three-day Islamic congregation.

Planning for the Ijtema began in November 2021 by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and, originally, a series of indoor and outdoor sports and academic competitions were organised.

Source: Standard.Co

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City's Sikh and Muslim leaders praise Queen's 'great services to humanity'

September 11, 2022

Leaders of Norwich's Sikh and Muslim communities have paid tribute to the Queen, praising her "great services to humanity".

Sirajul Islam, secretary of Norwich Central Mosque and Islamic Centre, in Alysham Road, said: "The Queen spoke of the value of all faiths.

"She supported interfaith work to bring together, and unite, all the communities in this country.

Source: Evening News24

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CNN hires fmr NYPD chief who denied Muslim surveillance programme

The New Arab Staff

10 September, 2022

US Muslim groups have raised concerns about CNN's appointment of a former New York Police Department official accused of lying about the police force's close surveillance of Muslims.

John Miller, who served as the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner until the end of July, will now work as CNN's chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst.

“John will help deliver on CNN’s commitment to tackle complex issues while presenting audiences with independent, objective news and meaningful analysis across platforms,” CNN chief Chris Licht said in a press release on Tuesday. “As both a brilliant journalist and experienced, compelling subject matter expert, he brings to the network an incredible breadth of knowledge.”

Source: English.Alaraby

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Sweden votes in election marked by crime, energy crisis

11-09-2022

Swedes vote in an election pitting the incumbent centre-left Social Democrats against a right-wing bloc that has embraced the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats in a bid to win back power after eight years in opposition.

Uncertainty looms large over the election on Sunday, with both blocs facing long and hard negotiations to form a government in a polarised and emotionally-charged political landscape. Polling stations close at 1800 GMT.

Opinion polls show the centre-left running neck-and-neck with the right-wing bloc, where the Sweden Democrats look to have recently overtaken the Moderates as the second biggest party behind the Social Democrats.

Source: Trt World

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Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is being shut down, operator says

BY LOUISE GUILLOT

SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

The last operating reactor at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has been completely shut down and disconnected from the grid, the Ukrainian operator Energoatom said on Sunday.

"Arrangements for its cooling and transfer to a cold state are underway," Energoatom said, adding that in recent days the sixth — and last operating — reactor at the plant had been powering exclusively the facility's in-house needs because "all transmission lines linking the Zaporizhzhya NPP to the Ukrainian power system were damaged due to Russian shelling."

The U.N. nuclear watchdog had warned on Friday that this could happen following renewed shelling around the nuclear facility — the largest in Europe. Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said that it was an “absolute imperative” to create “a nuclear safety and security protection zone” around the site, stressing that a nuclear power plant “can never be a pawn of war.”

Source: Politico

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'The eyes of the world are all on here' Edinburgh prepares for Queen's arrival

By Emma Newlands

11th September 2022

Heading out of the dazzling sunlight of the Royal Mile and surrounding area into the more sombre, shadow-speckled space to pay their own tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, they peek through the gates as the Palace and surrounding area prepares for the monarch’s final arrival to Edinburgh, a city that underpinned so much of her 70-year reign.

The area finds itself cordoned off to traffic and crowd barriers installed in advance of the arrival today of the cortege bringing the Queen’s coffin from Balmoral. It is set to remain at the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight ahead of the procession scheduled for tomorrow, travelling up the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral.

Leading up to the gates is a multicoloured display of row upon row of bouquets of flowers, which lean against the walls of the palace, a touching swell of emotion and gratitude propped up against the grey, almost timeless, representation of steadfast ceremony and tradition.

Source: Scotsman

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King Charles III Has Now Officially Been Proclaimed King

IkranDahir

11-09-2022

Queen Elizabeth II’s son was formally proclaimed King Charles III on Saturday at a ceremony full of tradition and pomp and circumstance.

For the first time, the proclamation proceedings were televised, allowing the public a never-before-seen view of the ceremony. The last time a monarch was proclaimed was in 1952, when the late Queen’s father died.

The ceremony took place at St James’s Palace and was attended by members of parliament, as well as current and former prime ministers.

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Arab world

Saudi, Indonesian ministers discuss strengthening ties

SPA

September 10, 2022

JAKARTA: Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim, Saudi minister of economy and planning, met with LuhutBinsarPandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime and investment affairs, in Jakarta, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

They discussed issues of common interest and ways to strengthen bilateral relations. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the G20 development ministerial meeting hosted by Indonesia on the island of Belitung.

During the two-day high-level forum, Al-Ibrahim underlined the Kingdom’s steadfast commitment to renewing global cooperation and achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Arab News

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Islamic Development Bank approves $1.12 billion in development financing for nine member countries

10-09-2022

JEDDAH, 10th September, 2022 (WAM) -- The Islamic Development Bank’s (IsDB) Board of Executive Directors, approved a total of US$ 1.12 billion for development projects financing in various sectors in 9 member countries as well as US$ 1.79 million grant for a number of other projects including market access readiness in the Republic of Yemen and special assistance grants to Muslim communities in 3 non-member countries, during its 347th session held, today, at the Bank's Headquarters in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During the session chaired by Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, President of the IsDB and Chairman of IsDB Group, the Honorable members of the Board of Executive Directors considered and approved projects in the key sectors such as food security, health, transport, energy, urban development, education, water and sanitation.

They also deliberated on the existing financing gaps in key energy infrastructure needs in some of the member countries and accordingly approved two projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) modality for the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Uganda. The governments in these countries are using PPP financing as a mechanism to attract private sector investment and expertise to deliver improved public services and accelerate economic growth.

Source: Wam.Ae

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Head of Turkish intelligence agency meets Sunni Sovereignty Coalition in Baghdad

11 Sep 2022

While the Turkish state's invasion attacks in South Kurdistan continue, MIT chief HakanFidan paid a visit to Baghdad.

It was reported that Fidan met with Hamis Hançer, the Leader of the Sunni Sovereignty Coalition.

According to UTV, close to the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance, the PKK and the political crisis in Iraq were on the agenda of Fidan's visit to Iraq.

Source: Anf English

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Ministry of Islamic Affairs Concludes Participation at Amman International Book Fair

10 Sep, 2022

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance concluded its participation at Amman International Book Fair in the Kingdom of Jordan, which was held from 1 to 10 September 2022.

During its participation, the ministry distributed 20,000 copies of the Holy Quran with various sizes to the visitors of its pavilion.

Source: The National News

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Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Congratulates King Charles III on his Accession to the UK Throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireleand

10 Sep, 2022

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of congratulation to His Majesty King Charles III on his accession to the UK throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireleand.

In his cable, the King expressed pleasure of His Majesty King Charles III's accession to the United Kingdom throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, wishing His Majesty every success.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also expressed his best felicitations and good wishes to King Charles III, praising the status of the ties binding the two countries, and confirmed his keenness on further consolidating bilateral cooperation of the two countries and their friendly peoples.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Bahrain All Share Index, Islamic Index make gains

08 Sep 2022

Manama, Sept. 8 (BNA): Bahrain All Share Index today closed at 1,928.15 points marking an increase of 3.18 points above  the previous closing.

This increase was due to the rise in the Communications Services Sector, Financials Sector and Materials Sector.

Bahrain lslamic Index has closed at 676.48 points marking an increase of 0.52 points above  the previous closing.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Illegal pranksters face severe penalties in Saudi Arabia

MOHAMMED AL-KINANI

September 10, 2022

JEDDAH: Under the Saudi law of cybercrimes, pranksters can face a punishment of SR5 million (more than $1.3 million) and three years in prison, according to a law expert.

Dr. Majed Garoub told Arab News that posting pranks on social media is a crime in Saudi Arabia, and it is classified as a violation of the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law.

“The punishment for such crime ranges from SR500,000 to SR5 million or imprisonment from six months to three years. However, both penalties can be applied, depending on the nature of the violating content.”

Source: Arab News

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Digital carnival to inspire young Saudis with latest tech tips

SPA

September 10, 2022

JUBAIL: Young Saudis will receive training in advanced technologies, including robot and game programming, at a “digital carnival” kicking off in Jubail Industrial City on Sunday.

The five-day carnival at Al-Fanateer Cultural Center is organized by the Lifelong Learning Committee of the Royal Commission for Jubail, in cooperation with the Tuwaiq Academy, under the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones.

The digital carnival is in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan, which seeks to qualify one programmer for every 100 Saudi citizens by 2030.

Source: Arab News

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Seven local firewood smugglers arrested in Riyadh

SPA

September 11, 2022

RIYADH: Seven people caught illegally transporting more than 56 cubic meters of local firewood in Riyadh could face fines of up to SR900,000 ($240,000).

The seven were arrested by Special Forces for Environmental Security personnel, and the firewood handed over to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, SFES spokesman Col. Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi said.

Excess logging in the Kingdom has become a serious environmental concern in recent decades, affecting land productivity, adding to soil erosion, and leading to a decline in groundwater reserves.

Source: Arab News

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Pakistan

National policy to prevent post-flood epidemics sought

Ikram Junaidi

September 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has urged the government to announce a strategy to deal with a potential medical crisis and establish a panel of medical experts to formulate a national policy to avert epidemics in the wake of floods that have left most parts of the southern country submerged.

Prof Tahir suggested that the government should utilise its resources to establish field hospitals with essential treatment and prevention facilities for common diseases. He also suggested that control centres should be set up in every district, through which information could be exchanged with NGOs for coordinated efforts.

He said PIMA volunteers were working in south Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to meet the medical needs of people affected by floods.

Source: Dawn

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Army chief’s blueprint for ‘climate-proof’ future

Dawn Report

September 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar JavedBajwa said on Saturday that Pakistan will need a long-term plan which includes “delayed action dams and water drainage system” to mitigate the impacts of disasters caused by climate change.

The army chief made these remarks during his visit to flood-affected areas of Dadu, a district in Sindh most parts of which are currently under eight feet of water.

“We will need to build more mega dams in Pakistan. I cannot say anything about the location of these dams. In Swat, we will need to build dams as well…to control [the flow of] water”, as they produce clean energy and reduce pollution.

Source: Dawn

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PTI workers protest ‘minus-one formula’

Ikram Junaidi

September 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders and workers on Saturday held protests at 36 places across the country to give a loud and clear message to the government that they would not accept the ‘minus-one formula’.

The protests were held on the call of PTI Central Sec­retary General Asad Umar, who urged PTI workers and people to gather at 36 places to express solidarity with their leader Imran Khan.

On his direction, big screens were installed at those places on which Mr Khan’s address to PTI public gathering in Gujranwala was shown live.

Source: Dawn

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Money laundering case: Court orders NBP to attach 13 more accounts of Suleman’s firms

Staff Reporter

September 11, 2022

LAHORE: A special court (central-I) has ordered the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to attach 13 more accounts of the companies owned by Suleman Shehbaz, a son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is a proclaimed offender in a Rs16 billion money laundering case registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

A written court order issued about Sept 7 hearing into the case reveals that the investigating officer submitted details of 13 bank accounts of various companies reflected against the identity card of Mr Suleman.

The companies include Al-Arabia Sugar Mills, Ramzan Sugar Mills, Chiniot Power Limited, Sharif Feed Mills and Unitas Steel Mills.

Source: Dawn

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ECP likely to announce new dates for by-polls soon

Iftikhar A. Khan

September 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Election Com­mission of Pakistan (ECP) may announce new dates for by-polls in 13 national and provincial assembly constituencies tomorrow (Monday).

Informed sources told Dawn on Saturday that a meeting of the ECP has been called on September 12 to review the flood situation in the country and possibly decide new dates for the polls which were postponed on Sept 8.

The devastation caused by floods and non-availability of army, Rangers and police personnel were cited as reasons to postpone the polls.

Source: Dawn

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